NOTE: Due to COVID, we have had to cancel many events and are currently pausing our employee search. However, we know that COVID won’t last forever and are still interested in hearing from YOU if you’re interested in the positions below:

Orcas Center is seeking TWO new staff members in 2022 –

Come join a supportive, talented, and dedicated staff that helps create a home for the creative community on Orcas Island! Read below for each position description:

Customer and Event Support Specialist

The Orcas Center is seeking a Customer and Event Support Specialist to assist in the day-to-day operations of the Center as we re-open. This will be a part-time position to start, but our goal is to transition this person into a full-time permanent role as “Front of House Manager” once we resume normal activities.

The successful candidate is a champion of the arts. They are social, dependable, resourceful, flexible, organized, highly self-motivated, possess exceptional administrative and communication skills, are tech-savvy enough to pick up on new programs and processes quickly, can meet changing deadlines, and have the ability to predict problems and research solutions independently.

This position’s main role is to function as the primary liaison between Orcas Center and the public-at-large both virtually and at events. Duties include, but will not be limited to:

  • Customer Support: Replying to emails, voicemails, and providing information and solutions based on customer needs and Center offerings. This includes updating customer records, helping patrons purchase memberships or tickets, re-assigning seats, processing donations, looking up order history, and answering questions about various events, as well as other customer-centric duties.
  • Event Support: Opening and closing the Center, Scheduling and training volunteer ushers for performances using our iPad check-in system, checking COVID vaccination status of patrons, coordinating refreshments for sale during intermission for live events, and maintaining orderliness of common areas for showtimes. Understanding and managing the listening assist system. Distributing flyers and marketing materials. Providing refreshments and needs for visiting artists and performers in accordance with their contract riders, as well as other event-centric duties.
  • Staff Support: Other duties may include assisting other staff with projects, marketing campaigns, and events as needed.

Programs used at Orcas Center: Arts People for patron management; Google Suite for Business: Drive, Calendar, and Email; Microsoft Suite: Word and Excel; Slack; WordPress; GiveSmart; Canva, Photoshop, and InDesign; and Constant Contact.

Essential Functions: This position may require standing or sitting for extended periods of time, walking on uneven ground, climbing stairs and ladders, lifting up to 25lbs, and responding to visual and auditory cues.

FSLA: Part-time up to 20 hours per week, $22-$25/hr., PTO, Holidays; Once this position moves to full-time (32-40 hours per week), it will qualify for medical benefits and a 6% retirement contribution after one year of employment.

Supervisor:  Bethany Marie

Schedule: Each week will be different based on the needs of the Center. Orcas Center generally has events booked about 1-2 months ahead (or more!) so while the schedule may feel inconsistent, it will be fairly predictable.

Plan on working events: This includes some weekday evenings, most Friday, and Saturday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday matinees. Currently, we are open to Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm for the public to browse the art gallery. The staff rotates office coverage, so some hours during this timeframe will be necessary as well. Flexibility is key, as we’re in new territory for this role and the Center as a whole, as we re-open.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to info@OrcasCenter.org. Please be sure to mention if you have any experience in the programs named above, and in what capacity. We are an arts organization and appreciate seeing creative approaches that show how the goals of this position can be met! Position will remain open until filled.

Orcas Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical ability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status. Please note that Orcas Center is a vaccinated workplace.

Production Assistant

Job Summary

Provides technical support for all events held at Orcas Center.  Oversees all production requirements ensuring all technical needs are met.  Recruits and trains support volunteers.  This position will primarily be scheduled around performances and events in the Orcas Center facilities.

Reports to: Artistic Director (AD), Jake Perrine

Position: part-time, flex schedule (up to 24 hours a week); $20-$25 DOE

Specific Tasks

  • Collaborates with AD and ED on the scheduling of productions, festivals, concerts, classes, and rehearsals
    • Maintains a laser sharp focus on the various OC calendars in order to anticipate conflicts, needs, availability, etc.
    • Helps manage resources across multiple events with shifting timelines
  • Works with artists/directors as assigned to provide production assistance for lighting, set, sound, and costume designs.
    • Attends weekly production meetings to stay current on schedules, needs, purchases
    • Recruits and trains volunteer production crew members for various tasks
    • When a volunteer or other staff cannot be found for tech operators, PM will step in to assure tech support
    • Consistently checks in with all users of the facility to make sure they have what they need
    • Attends performances to be available for last minute needs
    • Coordinates and attends load-ins and strikes – Inspects theatre with director/artist after final cleanup
    • Manages production budgets and all expenditures for supplies within established guidelines, and relays receipts to the bookkeeper for final accounting
  • Review touring artists’ technical riders and contracts to prepare for production accordingly
    • Oversees sound checks, set dressing/building, technical rehearsals and strike
    • Addresses any last minute technical needs
  • Maintains organization and tidiness in all back of house areas, including booth, catwalks, audio closet, electrical room, lighting repair, cable hallway, set materials in warehouse, prop area, dressing rooms, costume and scene shops.
    • Train all users of these areas what is expected in terms of safely, proper use, cleanliness, storage, etc.
    • Maintains inventory and useability of all assets and equipment: materials, tools, lighting and sound inventory, chairs, risers, costumes
    • Suggests repairs, upgrades, purchases
  • Other duties as assigned

Must have skills: 

  • Collaborative team player
  • Creative arts and crafts eye for detail, synergy, and problem solving
  • Basic computer, mobile phone, and networking skills
  • Basic carpentry, electrical, handy skills
  • An diligent eye for safety and anticipating hazardous scenarios
  • Able to lift, carry, maneuver, and organize large objects regularly, and minimal fear of heights
  • Consistently on time and consistently delivers what has been promised
  • Able to provide support in a friendly, professional, customer-focused manner
  • Maintains a professional appearance and demeanor
  • Flexible schedule, occasional long hours
  • A hunger to always be learning more!

Ideal candidate would also have experience:

  • Arts degree, theatre or event production experience
  • Project based team participation experience under strict deadlines
  • Creative carpentry, painting, set building experience
  • Electrical and electronics skills
  • Drafting / rendering skills
  • Teaching experience
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of and experience with computers, networking, and technology
  • Knowledge of and experience with stage lighting, sound, and video equipment

To Apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to Jake@OrcasCenter.org. Please be sure to mention if you have any experience with the specific skills named above, and in what capacity. Position will remain open until filled.

Orcas Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical ability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status. Please note that Orcas Center is a vaccinated workplace.

Orcas Center Marketing Volunteer

Marketing Volunteer Opportunity
The Marketing Volunteer will learn how various marketing channels — print and electronic advertising, direct mail, and website — can creatively engage and expand the audience of an arts organization. Applicants can expect to have a part-time workload based on their availability. We look for well-rounded applicants who are flexible, forward thinking and able to participate comfortably in a small, collaborative environment. We expect a certain level of self-sufficiency coupled with the desire to develop and enhance existing skills. By working with the Communications Director, the volunteer will assist in various projects including archiving old photos, the creation and implementation of designs, social media posts, and email campaigns.  This is a great opportunity for a take-charge student of any age to develop their graphic and web design skills to execute campaigns from start to finish.

Programs You Will Use:

  • WordPress
  • Canva, Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator (The Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Microsoft Office Suite

To get started, simply submit your letter of intent and any relevant experience or why you wish to learn about marketing to marketing@OrcasCenter.org.